Despite a stubbornly slow economic recovery at home and severe headwinds from Europe and Asia, U.S. companies are on track to deliver a tenth straight quarter of rising profits. But a closer look reveals some alarming trends.
With reports from more than 80% of the S&P 500 companies on the books, earnings are on pace to grow just 0.6% during the second quarter, the slowest since the third quarter of MOREHibah Yousuf - Aug 7, 2012 8:10 AM ET
The United States lost its pristine AAA credit rating a year ago Sunday, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the Treasury market.
"The telltale sign was day one: Standard and Poor's downgraded the U.S. credit rating on a Friday night, and Monday morning, U.S. Treasuries exploded," said Paul Montaquila, head of fixed-income trading at the Bank of the West. "Since then, it's been a year of relentless purchasing and MOREHibah Yousuf - Aug 5, 2012 8:20 AM ET
Facebook is not very popular among investors these days. Shares of the social media giant hit a new low of just $19.82 Thursday, nearly 50% below their initial offering price.
The stock has been under pressure since last week, when Facebook (FB) reported its first earnings as a public company, and failed to relieve investor worries about slowing sales growth and its plan for mobile advertising.
As Facebook's stock continues to bleed, MOREHibah Yousuf - Aug 2, 2012 2:52 PM ET
Shares of Harley-Davidson fell sharply Wednesday after the motorcycle giant's second-quarter sales figures fell short of Wall Street's estimates.
Sales were particularly weak in Europe, where dealers sold just 14,639 motorcycles, 9% fewer than last year.
"We continue to remain cautious in our expectations for retail sales globally in an environment of greater economic uncertainty, including in Europe where sales are clearly being affected by the challenging eurozone economy," said CEO Keith Wandell.
Related: Car sales stall MOREHibah Yousuf - Aug 1, 2012 1:28 PM ET
UBS said Tuesday that it lost $356 million on Facebook's IPO due to Nasdaq's trading glitches during the company's market debut in May -- and it plans to sue the stock exchange for every cent of it.
"UBS's loss resulted from NASDAQ's multiple failures to carry out its obligations, including both opening the Facebook (FB) stock for trading and not halting trading in the stock during the day," said UBS in MOREHibah Yousuf - Jul 31, 2012 2:16 PM ET
Corn prices surged to a new record high Tuesday, as the worst drought in more than 50 years continues to plague more than half the country.
Almost 90% of the United States' corn crops are in drought ravaged areas, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and nearly 40% are situated in the hardest hit spots.
Corn prices have soared more than 50% during the past six weeks as the crops continue MOREHibah Yousuf - Jul 31, 2012 9:55 AM ET
Investors have mostly been pulling their money out of the stock market this year, but last week investors showed a little ounce of love for stocks.
According to the Investment Company Institute, investors added $99 million to U.S. stock mutual funds in the week ended July 18. While that's not much, it's a welcome change from the usual flight from stocks.
The inflow came as investors hoped that the Federal Reserve may MOREHibah Yousuf - Jul 26, 2012 2:12 PM ET
Pivotal Research Group analyst Brian Wieser was the first analyst to assign a "sell" rating on Facebook back in May, when the social media day giant made its big (botched) public debut.
Later that month, as Facebook's stock declined and fell below his then price target of $30 per share, Wieser changed his rating to "hold."
But given the recent slide in Facebook's shares ahead of the company's first earnings report Thursday MOREHibah Yousuf - Jul 26, 2012 11:21 AM ET
Nasdaq is hopeful that its most recent compensation plan will satisfy the trading firms that incurred losses during Facebook's botched debut May.
During the company's earnings conference call with analysts Wednesday, Nasdaq CEO Robert Greifeld said its plan is "definitive" and said there haven't been any negative comments about it since Nasdaq boosted the size of the compensation fund to $62 million last week.
"I would definitely highlight the absence of negative comments MOREHibah Yousuf - Jul 25, 2012 2:25 PM ET
Investors have plenty of questions about the future of RadioShack following a dismal earnings report, but the electronics retail is still claiming to have the answers.
As it delivered a surprise $21 million loss for the second quarter, RadioShack (RSH) said it would also suspend its dividend program to help bolster its balance sheet. A balance sheet that's saddled with $679 million of debt, including an upcoming debt maturity of $375 MOREHibah Yousuf - Jul 25, 2012 12:25 PM ET
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